Thursday, March 28, 2013


     In addition to having a hand in two of the scariest things I've ever seen, Rod Serling -- creator of the Twilight Zone, among many other accomplishments -- said "too often a man will become clever without becoming wise."
     We are a young culture and are fascinated by the clever, while actual wisdom is, by its nature, somewhat less seductive.  It's relatively easy to acquire knowledge.  Learning how to employ that knowledge responsibly and beneficially, and let it expand our perspective and understanding, is damned hard.  Laura, a character in What We Become, more or less says this, but Mr. Serling got there first.  His body of work contains many fine examples of how to be both clever and wise at the same time.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Red Handed

     I wrote about Matt Kindt's fantastic monthly comic Mind Mgmt last thanksgiving.  Mr. Kindt's newest graphic novel, Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes, comes out in May and should absolutely not be missed.  Filled with vignettes that chronicle the bizarre crimes perpetrated in the small town of Red Wheelbarrow and the investigations of the maddeningly unfailing Detective Gould, Mr. Kindt produces something both strange and insightful, something that is filled with compelling psychological truth and a mounting and insurmountable sadness.
     A single glance at one of his gorgeously conceived pages offers a major clue to his success.  Figures are incredibly distinctive as visual characters and yet their outlines feel hazy and rough.  They look both achingly human, but are also slightly warped and unreal.  Foregrounded action is clear and attention-grabbing, while tiny mysteries are often scattered in the background.  Few storytellers working in the form are able to create such full engaging genre narratives while also exploring the nuances of human truth so powerfully. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Books That Glow

     Books that Glow is an event focusing on YA books coming out in 2013, hosted by the websites City of Books and Confessions of a Readaholic.  You can find a review of What We Become here.  There is also an interview with some fun and unusual questions here.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Teen Writer's Bloc Guest Blog

     The fine folks at Teen Writer's Bloc invited me by for a guest blog.  Check it out here.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Comic Book Club Live Appearance

     I will be appearing on the Internet talk show Comic Book Club Live this Tuesday, March 12th, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss comic books, education and my YA novels.  The show will be recorded live at Fontana's  in New York City.  If you're in the area, please stop by.